Man to Man Workshop: Saturday, January 18

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Do you consider yourself handy? Want to learn how to hang a picture or patch a hole in the sheetrock? Mike Hoisington, a man of many talents and experience in the trades, leads a morning of practical training for those of us who want to learn valuable skills to use around the house.

This month dads are specifically encouraged to bring their sons and share a morning of food, fun, and hands-on skill building. Derby cars, birdhouses, and other projects will be available. Ages 5 and above are welcome.

Saturday, January 18 | 8:30am – 10:30am
Church Office

Help us plan accordingly for supplies. Please RSVP below.

A Christmas Thank You From Casa De Esperanza

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CDE 4The following email is from Lily Fluharty who is serving at Casa De Esperanza. It’s in response to your generosity towards the orphans at Casa De Esperanza. We collected over $3,400 this month to serve those in need. Well done, SGC. Your gospel generosity is amazing!

Dear Sovereign Grace Church Family,

Merry Christmas from Caranavi, Bolivia where instead of snow I get to see coconut trees and wear flip-flops and shorts.  I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for blessing the children here at Casa de Esperanza with their Christmas gifts. It has been amazing seeing God provide for these kids and do so more abundantly than I could have hoped. 
 
As I share with you this story I hope you are encouraged and see even more God’s faithfulness and love towards us in something as seemingly small as Christmas gifts. 
 
When the director Tio Fidel told me the amount needed for all the Christmas gifts I was honestly discouraged thinking it was too big of a number. When I wrote out the first email asking about the possibility for support I only wanted to include half of the amount needed for  all the gifts thinking it would be easier to reach. But God whispered to me, “I am bigger than numbers. I am bigger than your expectations and hopes”. I have been humbled and amazed as God provided for these little ones. When I got the email saying that almost double the amount had been given I broke down in awe of God and how He hears and answers our prayers. 
 
Christmas night I watched as the directors called out each child’s name and handed them their wrapped present. The present that YOU helped give! Each child went back to their seat carrying their gift with the biggest smile on their face. The kids all waited excitedly until everyone had their gifts and then Tio Fidel counted down “Tres, dos, uno…” before the wrapping paper got torn off and their new gifts help up to see. All the littlest kids got toy cars and animals, the boys all got new skateboards and the older girls got towels and water proof watches. These gifts are already being put to good use. The boys have already mastered their skateboards and we are continuously dodging them as they skate by laughing. The little kids have been playing non-stop and show me multiple times every day their new toys. 
 
It was amazing seeing first-hand this miracle. Thank you for your generous gift for these children. They are so thankful and send much love to you all! Thank you from all the children, the staff and the directors. This gift means so much to us all. 
 
May God bless you all and you are all in my thoughts and prayers. 
Many blessings from Bolivia!
 
In Christ Jesus,
Lily Fluharty
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Baptism: February 9

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SGC will be conducting a baptism service on February 9 after the Sunday Celebration at Oak Grove Middle School.

If you would like to participate in the baptism on February 9, we ask that you register and attend a baptism class being held at 8:30 a.m. on January 19 at Oak Grove. This class will walk through the biblical basis for baptism, and also prepare parents and children as they seek to discern if it is time for a child’s public declaration of their profession of faith.

You can register for the class here.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Pastor Jon.

It is our joy to gather as the church and celebrate publicly what has happened in the hearts of believers in Christ. For those of you who have already been baptized, please plan to stay after the service on February 9 and join us for this special occasion.

 

Theology Seminar: Last But Not Least

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This January we’re excited to welcome pastor, theologian, and dean of the Sovereign Grace Pastors College, Jeff Purswell, for a one day seminar on eschatology-the study of the end times. This seminar is free and open to anyone who would like to join us for this special event. Visit the seminar page for more information.

Please help us plan accordingly by providing your RSVP for this event.

Saturday, January 25 | 8:30am – 3:00pm

 

Men’s Winter Camping Trip

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For the past 5 winters, a group of 8 to 12 guys have ventured into the wilderness for 2 nights/3 days to pursue biblical fellowship, have adventures, build relationships, and experience God’s magnificent creation in a unique way. The trip begins with a 1-5 mile hike/snowshoe into a remote lake location in the wilderness of MN or WI. Once the campsite is chosen, construction begins on the quinzee (igloo) which in past years has slept 7-10 guys. (If you have an aversion to sleeping in a snow-structure, Chad Whipple brings a heated-canvas tent!) The remaining time is spent hiking/snowshoeing, talking around the campfire, drinking coffee, sharing meals, two daily group devotions, sledding, snow-wrestling, collecting firewood, and finding other winter adventures.

God has richly blessed these trips in the past. It’s greatly enabled men to build relationships with other men in the church who they might not otherwise have contact with. There is also abundant opportunity to experience and practice biblical fellowship with one another, or to take a silent snowshoe through the woods to quiet your heart and be inspired by creation to worship the creator. Many of the sweetest memories of the trip come from discussion and fellowship around the campfire. Even men who were tentative about winter camping initially have loved the experience, evidenced by the fact that most who went in past years will be coming again this year!

The trip will be Thursday-Saturday, January 30-February 1, so it will require taking 2 days off work for most people. Location will be determined at a planning meeting in January. If you have zero camping experience and no equipment, you are still 100% eligible and encouraged to go. The only needed items are warm clothes and a sled, and many of the guys have extra equipment to lend as well if needed. The cost of the trip is minimal, just gas and food costs.

If you would like to sign-up to go or have any questions/interest, please contact Bert Eikum at Bertscrib@gmail.com

Christmas Caroling

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Have you been squirming in your stockings to do some caroling this Christmas season? Well, squirm no more, we will be caroling this Thursday evening and would love to have you join us!

CarolingWe will meet in the lobby of Ebenezer Tower Apartments (2545 Portland Ave S Mpls) at 5:15pm, this Thursday, December 19th. We are scheduled to be caroling from 5:30 – 6:30 to the residents there. Ebenezer is a senior living facility and caroling is a great opportunity to minister to the people living there. Feel free to bring kids as well.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me (jamesonnass[at]gmail.com).

Merry Christmas,

Jameson Nass

Sunday Preview, December 15, 2013

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After two weeks away, I can’t wait to gather with you, the saints of Sovereign Grace, on Sunday. Yes, I can’t wait because I love to be with all of you. But mainly I can’t wait because we gather together to encounter God. As members of his church, we have been given access into God’s presence. That’s astounding! “[W]e have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus” (Hebrews 10:19). That’s true for every individual member of Sovereign Grace Church. Any time Any place. Full access to the presence of God. That said, there is an encounter with the living God available to us when we gather together as that church that’s unique. God manifests his presence in different ways to the “living stones” of his temple when they are gathered together than he does when they are apart. So we will gather together on Sunday because there is an encounter with God and an experience of his presence that is not available to us otherwise. Sunday morning is extraordinary. What we do is no ordinary thing. It can feel routine and mundane and familiar. But it is actually mind-blowing. Let me try to convince you that’s true. I’ll stay in the Book of Hebrews–chapter 12, verses 22-24. This text is that we should have in mind when we come to the Sunday Celebration each week. This is a description of the gathering we come to. This is the gathering we join. This is a description of reality—a reality that we can’t now see completely with our physical eyes. But it is reality nonetheless—a very significant reality:

22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, (We don’t just come to Oak Grove Middle School in Bloomington, Minnesota when we come to a Sunday gathering. We come to Mount Zion, to the city of God. Now, there’s a sense in which this city is still to come. But there’s a sense in which we’ve already arrived there in Christ. Together we are citizens of the city of God, enjoying all the benefits of citizenship.)

And [you come] to innumerable angels in festal gathering, (You see, this is a gathering! And it’s a festive gathering. It’s a party! There are angels at this gathering and their dressed for a party because that’s what Sunday morning is—it’s a celebration. We join innumerable angels when we gather together on Sunday to celebrate. And not only are there angels, but look at verse 23.)

23 and [you come] to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, (That’s every Christian! With this gathering we join every gathering of those enrolled in heaven.)

and [you come] to the spirits of the righteous made perfect (That’s every believer who has died and gone to heaven. So in this gathering we join with Abraham and Moses and David and James and John and Peter and Paul and Augustine and Martin Luther and Jonathan Edwards and Charles Spurgeon and Martyn Lloyd-Jones).

(And all the assembly is there) to [come to] God, the judge of all, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

That’s a description of a remarkable encounter with God. And it happens corporately. It’s a gathering! Participation in Sunday celebration is, in a very real sense, participation in the heavenly worship. There’s a veil, but we’re almost in the same room. And we come celebrating into the presence of the same God, by the same blood of Jesus, and we do it together! That’s what we participate in during this Sunday celebration. We gather together in order to encounter God, to celebrate the blood of Christ shed on our behalf, we gather to party in God’s presence because of the gospel. That’s why I can’t wait to gather with you on Sunday to worship in song and worship over the word as we look at the 7th commandment in our ongoing series on the Ten Commandments: “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). Come ready. Come expectantly. Come hungry. Come ready to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8).